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curb

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noun \ˈkərb\

Definition of curb

  1. 1 :  a bit that exerts severe pressure on a horse's jaws; also :  the chain or strap attached to it — see bit illustration

  2. 2 :  an enclosing frame, border, or edging

  3. 3 :  check, restraint a price curb government policies that are designed to put a curb on spending

  4. 4 :  a raised edge or margin to strengthen or confine

  5. 5 :  an edging (as of concrete) built along a street to form part of a gutter They sat on the curb eating their ice cream.

  6. 6 [from the fact that it originally transacted its business on the street] :  a market for trading in securities not listed on a stock exchange

Examples of curb in a Sentence

  1. We sat on the curb eating our ice cream.

  2. these international regulations act as a curb on the plundering of a nation's archaeological treasures

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Origin and Etymology of curb

Middle French courbe curve, curved piece of wood or iron, from courbe curved, from Latin curvus

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curb

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Definition of curb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with a curb

  3. 2 :  to check or control with or as if with a curb trying to curb her curiosity

  4. 3 :  to lead (a dog) to a suitable place (such as a gutter) for defecation

Examples of curb in a Sentence

  1. The legislation is intended to curb price and wage increases.

  2. pills designed to curb your appetite

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Origin and Etymology of curb

derivative of 1curb

Synonym Discussion of curb

restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

CURB Defined for English Language Learners

curb

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noun

Definition of curb for English Language Learners

  • : a short border along the edge of a street that is usually made of stone or concrete

  • : something that controls or limits something else

curb

verb

Definition of curb for English Language Learners

  • : to control or limit (something)


CURB Defined for Kids

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curb

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noun \ˈkərb\

Definition of curb for Students

  1. 1 :  an enclosing border (as of stone or concrete) often along the edge of a street

  2. 2 :  1check 2 a curb on rising prices


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curb

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Definition of curb for Students

curbed

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curbing

  1. :  to control or limit curb spending This will curb your appetite.


Medical Dictionary

curb

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noun \ˈkərb\

Medical Definition of curb

  1. :  a swelling on the back of the hind leg of a horse just behind the lowest part of the hock joint that is due to strain or rupture of the ligament and generally causes lameness



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